Ezra Chapter 7
6 This Ezra went up from Babylon; and he was a ready scribe in the law of Moses, which the LORD God of Israel had given: and the king granted him all his request, according to the hand of the LORD his God upon him.
7 And there went up some of the children of Israel, and of the priests, and the Levites, and the singers, and the porters, and the Nethinims, unto Jerusalem, in the seventh year of Artaxerxes the king.
16 And all the silver and gold that thou canst find in all the province of Babylon, with the freewill offering of the people, and of the priests, offering willingly for the house of their God which is in Jerusalem:
17 That thou mayest buy speedily with this money bullocks, rams, lambs, with their meat offerings and their drink offerings, and offer them upon the altar of the house of your God which is in Jerusalem.
21 And I, even I Artaxerxes the king, do make a decree to all the treasurers which are beyond the river, that whatsoever Ezra the priest, the scribe of the law of the God of heaven, shall require of you, it be done speedily,
24 Also we certify you, that touching any of the priests and Levites, singers, porters, Nethinims, or ministers of this house of God, it shall not be lawful to impose toll, tribute, or custom, upon them.
25 And thou, Ezra, after the wisdom of thy God, that is in thine hand, set magistrates and judges, which may judge all the people that are beyond the river, all such as know the laws of thy God; and teach ye them that know them not.
26 And whosoever will not do the law of thy God, and the law of the king, let judgment be executed speedily upon him, whether it be unto death, or to banishment, or to confiscation of goods, or to imprisonment.
28 And hath extended mercy unto me before the king, and his counsellors, and before all the king's mighty princes. And I was strengthened as the hand of the LORD my God was upon me, and I gathered together out of Israel chief men to go up with me.
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Ezra Chapter 7 Bible commentary...
Ezra goes up to Jerusalem. (1-10) The commission to Ezra. (11-26) Ezra blesses God for his favour. (27,28)1-10 Ezra went from Babylon to Jerusalem, for the good of his country. The king was kind to him; he granted all his requests, whatever Ezra desired to enable him to serve his country. When he went, many went with him; he obtained favour from his king, by the Divine favour. Every creature is that to us, which God makes it to be. We must see the hand of God in the events that befal us, and acknowledge him with thankfulness.
11-26 The liberality of heathen kings to support the worship of God, reproached the conduct of many kings of Judah, and will rise up in judgment against the covetousness of wealthy professed Christians, who will not promote the cause of God. But the weapons of Christian ministers are not carnal. Faithful preaching, holy lives, fervent prayers, and patient suffering when called to it, are the means to bring men into obedience to Christ.
27,28 Two things Ezra blessed God for: 1. For his commission. If any good appear in our hearts, or in the hearts of others, we must own that God put it there, and bless him; it is he that worketh in us, both to will and to do that which is good. 2. For his encouragement: God has extended mercy to me. Ezra was a man of courage, yet he ascribed this not to his own heart, but to God's hand. If God give us his hand, we are bold and cheerful; if he withdraw it, we are weak as water. Whatever we are enabled to do for God and those around us, God must have all the glory.
Commentary by Matthew Henry, 1710.
Tapwa Mpofu's Ezra Chapter 7 comment on 6/05/2015, 5:09am...
suprisingly how coukd the king write a letter unto Ezra when he wass standing right in front of him, how could it be a letter of authority when it says those who will to go with him may go to Jerusalem...hw beit that he commands Ezra to be given a hundred talents of silver, wheat and wine yet salt without prescribing how much...howbeit that those who went with him were to be exempted from the tolls, e customs and tribute...in this case Ezra plays the Christ role...he 's been describe as the perfect peace whereas hebrews 7 and isiah 9 v 6 says Christ is the prince of peace , King of kings a title of God the father which Artexerxes in this story line therefore its God authorising Christ to go with his people those who will into the new Jerusalem meaning its ot by force but by choice to go with Christ the salt means the word of God mark 9 v 49-50...which was given in abundance to the new testament church...limitations and barriers of this world shall not affect those who go with Christ into the new Jerusalem because all things are theirs thats 1 cor 3 so there shal be no limitation as long as you are going with Christ as long as u minister in his house regardless how you do it whether sing, clean, partner with the gospel you shall be exempted on cindition that yopu have the salt...be blessed
Wesley kiprono korir's Ezra Chapter 7 comment on 10/31/2013, 2:06pm...
It should also be our desire to be devoted to God as Ezra was. I am more than a conqueror in Jesus name!
Josalyn's Ezra Chapter 7 comment about verse 22 on 10/10/2013, 2:19pm...
JESUS IS LORD.......
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